News Round-Up: October 7, 2020

Steve_in_LA wants you to vote! (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Woofy Steve_in_LA (above) reminds us all to VOTE. “It’s finally happening — get out and VOTE like your life depends on it … because it does!!”

The Advocate: Justice Martin Jenkins, a former NFL player, talks to editor-in-chief John Casey about making history as the first LGBTQ person on the California Supreme Court, coming out and finding love later in life. #GreatRead

Get Out The Vote: LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations Equality California and Silver State Equality have partnered with actor-activist Billy Porter and ad agency RPA to create a PSA encouraging LGBTQ+ and pro-equality voters alike to make their voices heard in the 2020 election.

Pink News: A plumber working as a city contractor in Tulsa has been removed from his gig after being caught on a home security camera directing homophobic insults at a gay man and his partner.

Get Out The Vote II: Mark Ruffalo and more Hollywood stars have an important message for you about voting by mail – so they got naked. Pay attention now…

Cook Political Report: The Senate race in South Carolina between Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jaime Harrison has been moved to ‘Toss Up.’ “It’s a jump ball at this point,” said one South Carolina Republican strategist. “Jaime is peaking at exactly the right time and he’s got a deluge of money. [Harrison] is blocking every pass there is from Republicans.”

Out Music: Indie singer/songwriter Skyler Cocco invites us into her dream-like world as she takes a drive to clear her mind in the music video for her pop-synth single, “The Drive,” which Uproxx called “effervescent.”

“The music video is meant to feel as though you’re looking through a colorful lens at an intimate moment of self reflection,” Skyler writes. “I wanted to illustrate the time spent alone with my thoughts while driving down empty roads and wandering through flower fields, knowing you’ll need to face some things when you get home.”

News Roundup: July 25, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Let’s hear it for the bears! Furball in focus (above).

• According to a new USA Today poll, Americans are split 42% yes/42% no on whether President Trump should be impeached.

• The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA, is a newly-formed LGBT-centric unit of volunteers who have joined the fight against ISIS in Syria.

• Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions only endorsed him for president because of his “massive numbers” at campaign rallies. #brutal

• Always on the lookout for new out music? Check out this list of summer tunes by LGBT artists.

• Mark Ruffalo shared this pic of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston cuddling with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on a recent flight. #Grrrr

A post shared by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Jul 22, 2017 at 1:57pm PDT

Stars Promise You Naked Mark Ruffalo Scene If You Vote

2.2 million views in one day.

One of my mostest favorite actors, Mark Ruffalo, appears alongside fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson (and a whole lot of stars) for a new voting campaign – “Save The Day.”

Cause, that’s what Avengers do – save the day.

From TIME:

In case anyone needed an extra incentive to vote in this fall’s presidential election, Avengers director Joss Whedon has enlisted a bevy of celebrities and the possibility of a Mark Ruffalo nude scene to urge people to vote.

In a video campaign for his PAC titled “Save the Day,” A-list celebrities such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore rub shoulders with small screen stars like Matt McGorry, Jesse Williams and Neil Patrick Harris to encourage Americans to vote this November.

Like Hollywood get-out-the-vote efforts of years past, the video mostly encourages voters to do their civic duty, but there’s a hint that at least some of the stars would also prefer if you cast your ballot against Republican nominee Donald Trump. Actor Don Cheadle doesn’t mention Trump but does refer (not for the first time) to “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society.”

The video also promises, tongue in cheek, that if voters do their part, actor Mark Ruffalo will do a full-frontal nude scene in his next film.

Wait, wait, wait – what’s this “tongue in cheek” stuff, TIME? I want my full-frontal, naked Ruffalo.

Scarlett Johansson herself promises he’ll be going “full monty.”

I want the “full Marky.”

Please vote. #ImWithHer

Mark Ruffalo Wins SAG Award For His Performance In The Normal Heart

Mark Ruffalo (L) with Matt Bomer (R)

Although he missed out on Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for his work on The Normal Heart, tonight Mark Ruffalo was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for passionate performance in the HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play of the same name.

From Gay Star News:

Ruffalo played writer and AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer. The character of Weeks is a fictionalized version of Kramer.

The award was accepted on Ruffalo’s behalf by presenters Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o since the actor did not attend the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Julia Roberts, Ruffalo’s co-star and fellow producer on the film, later took the stage to present another award and dispensed with her prepared remarks to praise Ruffalo’s acting abilities and to say ‘I am so absolutely tickled to my toes that he won tonight.’

Upon waking and hearing from my wife and kids that I won a @sagawards for #TheNormalHeart Love wins tonight!A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Jan 25, 2015 at 6:45pm PST

New Trailer: “Avengers – Age Of Ultron”

The second trailer for the upcoming Marvel flick Avengers – Age of Ultron dropped yesterday and we get a look at how artificial intelligence bad guy Ultron (voiced by James Spader) plans to take our down favorite super-hero team.

Starring Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth – in theaters May 1st.

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” wins Outstanding TV/Movie at 2014 Emmys

The cast of the HBO film “The Normal Heart”

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” won the 2014 Emmy Award for best made-for-television movie.

The critically acclaimed film depicts the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

“The Normal Heart” was directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, based on his 1985 play of same name.

Fans and activists on the internet expressed worry that the ground-breaking movie would be shut out of the awards tonight.  Fortunately, not true.

Mark Ruffalo (L) and Matt Bomer (R) in “The Normal Heart”

Larry Kramer (scarf) stand to accept 2014 Emmy Award with “The Normal Heart” team

(via LGBTQ Nation)

The cast of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” on Michael Sam’s “draft kiss”

The cast of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about the upcoming debut of the film on May 25th.

During the chat, the question came up regarding how far the LGBT community has come in 30 years, including the NFL draft of Michael Sam and his televised celebratory kiss with his boyfriend Vito. Check out their comments in the video above.

The full interview is posted below the short clip.